Lorne - VIC



DEG: -38.540428 143.976364
DMS: 38º 32' 25.54" S 143º 58' 34.91" E
UTM: 54 H 5730020mN 759414mE
Altitude: 1.55m


Place Type

Population - Town


118.25kms SouthWest of Melbourne
559.31kms NorthWest of Hobart
625.39kms SouthEast of Adelaide

Address & Contact

Lorne VIC
Phone: 03 5237 6529
Email: gorvic@colacotway.vic.gov.au
Web: https://www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/towns-and-villages/lorne


Lorne is one of the larger towns along the Great Ocean Road. It has a permanent population of about 1200 which grows considerably in number during holiday periods and long weekends. It is just under 140 kilometres from Melbourne. The town is located on Louttit Bay where the Erskine River flows into the ocean. It was named after the Marquess of Lorne from Argyleshire in Scotland

The bay on which Lorne is situated is named after Captain Louttit, who sought shelter there in 1841 while supervising the retrieval of cargo from a nearby shipwreck. The town was surveyed in 1846 and the first European settler William Lindsay, a timber-cutter, began felling the area in 1849.

By 1922 the Great Ocean Road was extended to Lorne, making the town much more accessible. The first passenger road service to Geelong was established in 1924 and guesthouses began to appear after 1930. The local fishing industry expanded significantly in the 1930s and 1940s. The Ash Wednesday bushfires swept through the area in 1983, destroying 76 houses.

The town now has a modern centre with a variety of retail outlets. It offers a range of accommodation including hotels, motels, guest houses and caravan parks. I road to the hinterland climbs the hills to the north west of the town providing access to water falls, walking tracks and bust camping opportunities.

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Closest Weather Station

Aireys Inlet at 16/08:00pm EST
Distance from Lorne 13.34km NE
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Closest Climatic Station

Aireys Inlet
Distance from Lorne 13.34km NE
Mean Max. °C22.722.921.319.016.113.813.314.416.117.919.621.0
Mean Min. °C13.914.713.411.
Mean Rain mm38.337.

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